Ahead of Gameweek 35, it’s time to find differential players that can provide a huge ranking boost for FPL managers.
Our definition of differential
For this article, we will pick five players with under 5% ownership both overall and within the top 10k. None of last week’s selection have scored, although Timo Werner plays again tonight.
Using LiveFPL’s ownership figures, here are interesting differentials from the teams that play in Gameweek 35.
Leon Bailey (Aston Villa, £6.3m, owned by 0.4% overall)
The Jamaican international has had a difficult season since arriving at Villa Park from Bayer Leverkusen. Injuries have restricted him to 711 minutes – almost eight full matches – therefore a rate of one goal and three assists isn’t actually bad. His expected goal involvement (xGI) during the goalless draw at Leicester of 0.72 was the highest, making him one of the Gameweek’s biggest underachievers. Having played all 90 minutes in two of their last three matches, facing Norwich at home is a great opportunity.
Anthony Elanga (Man United, £4.8m, owned by 1.2% overall)
Amongst the big names at Old Trafford, Anthony Elanga has forced himself into Ralf Rangnick’s starting XI for four of their last five outings. A pair of assists arrived against Norwich, whilst one of his two goals this season occurred in the reverse fixture with Brentford.
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £5.2m, owned by 2.4% overall)
The last two names also appeared in our piece on differentials for the final four Gameweeks. With FPL managers generally giving up on forwards and subsequently putting faith in cheap names, Jay Rodriguez has started Burnley’s last five appearances. Ten points have arrived in that time, so he’s part of their strongest line-up. Rodriguez offers more goal threat than Wout Weghorst for a cheaper price.
Ismaila Sarr (Watford, £5.7m, owned by 2.8% overall)
It’s easy to forget how strongly Ismaila Sarr started this season and his subsequent appearance in over 1.5 million teams. Listed as a midfielder, Sarr plays in Watford’s front three and is arguably their biggest attacking threat. Hosting Burnley likely offers their last chance of mounting a late survival attempt.